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Old 04-21-2009, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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Hello! We are heading up to Spokane at the end of May to visit friends and family and take a vacation. It'd be fun to head out on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes &/or Hiawatha Trail, either by bike or hike, but we've never been on either. Can you recommend a good beginning and end for a day or half-day excursion? It would probably be just my hubby and me, but we may bring our nearly-four-year-old. THANKS!!!
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Old 05-03-2009, 01:06 PM
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Hello! We are heading up to Spokane at the end of May to visit friends and family and take a vacation. It'd be fun to head out on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes &/or Hiawatha Trail, either by bike or hike, but we've never been on either. Can you recommend a good beginning and end for a day or half-day excursion? It would probably be just my hubby and me, but we may bring our nearly-four-year-old. THANKS!!!
Here is the link for the Hiawatha Trail. You can find additional information by searching on the Hiawatha Trail. The trail is operated under a special use permit from the Forest Service. There is a daily fee for using the trail. Helmet and flashlight required.

Route of the Hiawatha Bike Trails, Idaho

The trail goes through some remote country and is a unique experience

The good news is that the trail is ALL downhill and you can get a bus to ride you back to the starting point. The bad news is that in late May the trail may still be snow covered and closed. You should check with the permittee to see if it is open.

I have not bicycled the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, but it use to be my favorite area for canoeing, hunting, and fishing when I lived in Coeur d'Alene. I liked the area around Killarney Lake for canoeing. I would probably bicycle the section from Coeur d'Alene Lake east.

Both rides would be suitable for your four year old. They would particularly enjoy the Hiawatha Trail in a trailer.

Definitely do one or the other. Be sure to take your camera and binoculars on both trails.
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Old 05-03-2009, 01:08 PM
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This website has better and more complete information.

Route of the Hiawatha Mountain Bike Trail in Northern Idaho
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:45 PM
 
Location: 5Mile Prairie
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Here is a great blog on a persons experience with Hiawatha Trail
Real Estate Blog - Trail of the Hiawatha "BUTT STRIPE" - It's worth it! - Another Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Adventure
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